NCGA HIGHLIGHTS IMPORTANCE OF TPP TO U.S. CORN FARMERS

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(Posted Thu. Nov 12th, 2015)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership will give America's farmers and ranchers greater access to the world's fastest growing economies and set the stage for future trade agreements, National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling told reporters at a press conference Wednesday evening. Bowling was joined by leaders of several other commodity organizations and the Farm Service Agency.

 

"Today, America exports more than 63 billion dollars in agricultural products to TPP countries, including more than $6 billion in corn and corn co-products. With the Trans-Pacific Partnership, we can do even more," said Bowling.

 

Bowling highlighted the importance of the TPP agreement to the livestock community.

 

"We all want the same thing: more American agricultural products on dinner tables around the world," said Bowling. "When the Japanese are eating more Nebraska beef, that increases the demand for corn. When Iowa pork chops and Kansas City barbecue are on the menu in Sydney, that helps corn farmers’ bottom lines."

 

Bowling noted that TPP will strengthen the United States' influence in the Asia-Pacific region and set the tone for future trade agreements. He called on Congress to vote in favor of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement.

 

"The world is watching. By supporting TPP, Congress can send a powerful message: the United States will lead on trade."